Iran threatens to retaliate after Dutch expel two diplomats

:: Iran protested on Sunday against the Netherlands’ expulsion of two of its diplomats and threatened to retaliate for the “unfriendly and destructive move”. A spokesman for the Dutch intelligence service AIVD More »

Saudi Arabia says ready to pump more oil to balance market

:: Saudi Arabia has said it is ready to use its spare production capacity in order to help balance the global oil market, according to a Cabinet statement released on Tuesday. The More »

Turkey issues decree transferring powers to president

:: Turkey issued a decree on Wednesday transferring some powers to the president, in line with its move to an executive presidential system resulting from last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections. The More »

Iran’s Khamenei calls on securing ‘businesses’ amid economic protests

:: Iran’s supreme leader is urging the country’s judiciary to take measures to secure people’s “businesses and lives” amid economic protests that have struck the capital, Tehran. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during More »

Saudi King, Crown Prince congratulate President Erdogan on re-election

:: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday congratulated to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the occasion of his re-election for a new term. “On More »

 

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UN team to visit Myanmar’s Rakhine next week

:: A United Nations Security Council delegation which wants to see first-hand the impact of the Rohingya refugee crisis will arrive in Myanmar on Monday and visit Rakhine state, a senior government official said. It will be the highest-profile UN

Libya uncertainty key issue for El-Sisi during Arab League Summit in Saudi Arabia

:: Uncertainty in Libya and the deadlock in Palestinian reconciliation efforts will be the main concerns of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as he attends the Arab League Summit in Dhahran. Buoyed by his recent resounding and controversial election victory, the Egyptian

French Muslim quits song show over post-attack tweets

:: The French Muslim woman, Mennel Ibtissem, has quit The Voice, a TV singing competition in France, amid criticism of comments she posted on Facebook after Islamic extremist attacks in 2016. Ibtissem drew nationwide attention for a moving performance Saturday

Saudi enterprises urged to adhere to tax payment schedule

:: Saudi enterprises registered for value-added tax (VAT) and with supplies of goods and services exceeding SR40 million ($10.7 million) annually should file their tax returns on a monthly basis, the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has said.

EU is fighting for its life, soul and long-term survival

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: It was not that long ago that Europe was full of confidence, believing it had all the answers to the challenges that humanity faces. The continent has always been a case of mixed fortunes. It

Iran’s crisis is greater than the price of bread

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: After overthrowing the Shah, Ayatollah Khomeini succeeded in one thing: He eliminated the strongest, richest and the most successful state in the Middle East. The regime he built on the ruins of the modern empire

Saudi Food and Drug Authority: No VAT on human medicines, vitamins, and registered medical equipment

:: The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) said that the VAT will not be applied on human medicines, vitamins, and registered medical devices and products. Abdul Rahman Al-Sultan, pharmacist and director of the SFDA’s department of pharmaceutical information and awareness,

Yemeni forces liberate al-Yatma area in Al-Jawf

:: Yemeni forces liberated al-Yatma area, the center of the Khab Directorate which is the biggest directorate in Al-Jawf governorate, north of the country. The army liberated it after launching a military operation few days ago with the aid of

The rewards Egypt does not want

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

By : Abdellatif El-Menawy :: Egypt’s position regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has always been based on firm principles and solid grounds. Current conditions, and the gibberish some people have been spreading recently regarding resettling Palestinians in the Sinai, call for

Saving the Innocent

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya :: Children are among the most beautiful blessings in this world. They are innocent, wholesome, pure, sweet beings that see and look at everything through positive eyes. To them, everyone is good, everything is a wonder

North Korea likely to pursue talks, South says in rosy New Year forecast

:: South Korea predicted on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States over its weapons programs next year and pursue at least some rapprochement with Seoul in an optimistic government outlook for 2018. The

Myanmar bars UN rights investigator just before visit

:: The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has been barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure, she said on Wednesday. Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur, said she had been due to visit in

Germany says it shares Saudi concerns on Iran and Hezbollah

:: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said his country was concerned about Iran’s role in the region and noted that Berlin and Riyadh agreed on the external political role played by Iran in the region and the role of Hezbollah.

No VAT on expat remittances in Saudi Arabia, say bankers

:: Senior bankers clarified on Sunday that money sent home by expatriate workers will not be taxed under the value-added tax (VAT) reform initiative to be launched by the Saudi government on Jan. 1 next year. It was also announced

Fire in southern California threatening another city

:: A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days. The so-called Thomas fire is only 15 percent contained,

Certain medicines, medical equipment exempted from VAT in Saudi Arabia

:: The 5 percent value-added tax (plan) will not be imposed on certain medicines and medical equipment, according to Reuters citing a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Saturday. All other private health care services will be taxed

No VAT on loans, ATM services, says Saudi tax authority

:: The General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) on Wednesday confirmed that interest or lending fees charged with an implicit margin for finance will be exempt from value-added tax. The authority clarified that interest or lending fees charged on

Saudi air force downs missile targeting Khamis Mushait

:: Saudi air defenses intercepted a missile heading toward the southern city of Khamis Mushait, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Saudi Royal Air Force detected a missile launch from inside Yemeni territory at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, said Col.

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